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Rachel Sumekh: The Young Jewish Woman Of Color Leading America’s Effort To End Hunger On College Campuses

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  I first met Rachel Sumekh in August 2019 on the ground floor of a glimmering high …

RNS: France’s ‘hip’ female rabbi draws Muslims, Christians and Jews in a time of crisis

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  (RNS) — On Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m., tens of thousands of people throughout France …

Dean Issacharoff: A Former Israeli Soldier Questions His Country and Faith

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge website. To hear this and …

When What You Do Is Who You Are: The Intersection of Jewish Organizational Culture and Identity

“By the time Shabbat comes around, I don’t want to see another Jew or think about anything Jewish.” I have heard variations on that statement countless times over the years that I …

Wilshire Boulevard: A Tour of Religion in Los Angeles

Wilshire Boulevard was designed to be the grand boulevard of Los Angeles. Major religions established congregations along the street, just outside of Downtown Los Angeles. The USC Center for Religion and Civic …

Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nefesh has breathed new life into Jewish communal devotional practice at one of the most storied synagogues in Los Angeles. Watch here: Like many religions, Judaism faces a decline in participation in …

CSM: Why Jews Are Coming to the Defense of Mosques in America

In the face of a hostile climate to religious minorities, American Jews and Muslims are increasingly finding ways to collaborate and support each other, Christian Science Monitor reported. CRCC Executive Brie Loskota …

An “Everybody Friendly, Artist-Driven, God-Optional” Jewish New Year

Most of my memories of Jewish worship services are an amalgamation of the hundreds of services I’ve attended throughout my life. But there are a few that stand out. At a Shabbat …

Praying for Rain in California

This piece originally appeared in the Yale ISM Review. “As an American Indian, all my life I have been cursed with the myth of the ‘Indian rain dance,’” Johnny P. Flynn wrote …

Outsiders as Insiders: How Student Researchers Joined a Jewish Wedding

By Asher Levy and Jonathan Kaye The North Hollywood Orthodox Jewish community is a substantial, thriving community with kosher markets and restaurants, synagogues, schools and all of the accouterments of observant Jewish …

Happy Chrismukkah: On the Complexity of Jewish Identity

(Image from Adam Baron on Flickr Commons) Back in March, I traveled to a two-day conference called “Rethinking Jewish Identity and Education” at the Mandel Center at Brandeis University. On the flight …

A Different Approach to Studying American Jews

(Photo by Yonatan Sindel) Since the Pew Research Center launched “A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews,” I’ve had a lot of interesting encounters …

Looking at Jesus In Paintings

Note from Prof. Krieger: I have been working in City Heights in San Diego, and documenting the churches there. I have a book in progress on “pollution” and one of its foci …

The Jewish Journal: A Jew and a Muslim?

CRCC’s Brie Loskota was quoted The Jewish Journal‘s article “A Jew and a Muslim?” Loskota reflects on the idea of the non-profit company, NewGround. An excerpt from the article: NewGround is itself …

Creative Expressions of Jewishness

This month, the Yiddish Book Center will launch a new program called Tent: Encounters With Jewish Culture, which is based on the belief that “modern culture can inspire us to think imaginatively …

L.A.’s First Jewish Mayor?

Since the mid 1950s Los Angeles has been the second largest Jewish community in the United States, but has never had a Jewish mayor. New York, by contrast, elected its first Jewish …

The Jewish Religious Scene in Southern California

This post originally appeared in The Jewish Journal. As I wrote upon my return from from the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, embarrassed that Los Angeles was conspicuously absent …

Jewish Identity and the High Holidays

My dual roles as a Jewish sociologist and a sociologist of American Jewry come to the forefront during the Jewish High Holidays. Each year, as I take part in the holidays, I …

Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities

Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities Reza Aslan and Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, editors (Palgrave Macmillan: 2011)           This book is an exploration of contemporary …

Religion and Politics, by the Numbers

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion blog. The great American political experiment has passed many milestones along the path toward a more inclusive society. …